Mohamed Salah Sends Egypt Into Africa Cup Of Nations Last 16

Ross Houston
June 27, 2019

Two goals from Ahmed Elmohady and Mohamed Salah were enough to see off a resilient and an unlucky DR Congo side that now sit bottom of the group having lost their tournament opener against Uganda.

Mohamed Salah scored for Egypt in their 2-0 victory over DR Congo on Wednesday night to secure a place in the last 16 of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Record seven-time champions Egypt rode their luck at times as DR Congo twice struck the crossbar in the first half but the Group A leaders held firm to join Nigeria as the first teams through to the knockout phase.

"It's going to be a very hard game for us, but we will do our best".

"We are thrilled to be here after failing to qualify for the last two Cup of Nations and I expect a much better performance against a very good Guinea side".

The game started at a frantic pace as Salah had a glorious chance to open the scoring for the hosts in the fifth minute, but his well cushioned strike took a deflection off centre-back Marcel Tisserand and sailed just wide of the of the mark. Elmohamady and Christian Luyindula both went for it and it rebounded for Elmohamady to neatly turn into the net.

Egypt had begun their campaign with a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe and will go through as group winners if they avoid defeat against second-placed Uganda on Sunday.

Antwerp striker Jonathan Bolingi almost restored parity for DR Congo 10 minutes later, but his headed effort from eight yards out hit the crossbar.

The Egyptian icon had an early chance when he was given a clear run on goal but Tisserand managed to get a foot to his shot and deflected it wide.

With his side riding their luck, Salah rose to the occasion and settled Egyptian nerves two minutes before half-time with a typically brilliant finish.

Egypt's first was a little fortunate, as the ball fell kindly to Elmohamady, but their second was superb as the forceful Trezeguet scythed through midfield before teeing up Salah, who finished with aplomb.

Congo dominated the second half and were again unlucky not to score their first goal of the tournament.

"I told the players to forget about this match and start to correct our mistakes".

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